Hidden wedding costs



When building your budget, some costs are obvious and expected while others are a little sneakier. Here is a list of a few hidden wedding costs – if they are not accounted for.

Large or custom envelopes and mailers

Not only do you need to budget for the stationary you are using, but keep in mind that you will need to purchase postage. And if your parcel is over-sized or oddly-sized (like a box) your postage costs will soar. And don’t forget about buying postage for your thank you cards for shower and wedding gifts!

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Dress alterations, steaming, cleaning can all add up. Build these costs into your budget. Work with a seamstress and company that you trust, that provides high quality work and will give you an estimate up front.

Beauty treatments

Manicure, pedicure, waxing – these can easily add up. If you are planning on having your hair and makeup done the day of the wedding (and possibly a practice run before hand) be sure to budget for it. Also, don’t forget the tip for the person providing the services! Keep reading for tips on tipping.

Asking your bridesmaids in a special way

If you want to creatively ask your bridesmaids to be a part of the wedding, be sure to add it to the budget. Even if most of it is DIY, there will still be costs involved (the box, whatever you decide to put in there, any fun gifts or thoughtful mementos). At least they will not be hidden wedding costs!

Marriage license

It seems obvious, but a marriage license can cost more than $100. Be sure to check where you need to go to obtain your marriage license and how far in advance you can get it.

Last minute needs

With so many moving parts and so much on your mind, it is likely that you will forget something. No need to panic, just set aside a little extra for things that are needed, but were forgotten.

Presents and favors

Deciding beforehand if you will be doing wedding favors for guests or special gifts for family and friends will help you determine your budget.  Often, having the conversation about who will be getting what type of gift can help.

Taxes and gratuity

The majority, if not all, of your vendors generally receive some sort of gratuity or tip.  Since many of these can be done in cash, it is easy to lose track of how much is spent, be sure and budget for gratuity (20% of the cost) and taxes (check with your state or county). Who to tip? Any vendor like your hair stylists, limo driver, florist, DJ, and photographer.

Cake cutting/ corking fees

Many venues have policies and fees for cutting your beautiful wedding cake (often, the cost is per slice) and the same goes for the uncorking champagne bottles. Many times, these costs are not included in your initial estimate from the venue, so be sure to ask.

This is a list of the most common hidden wedding costs when planning a wedding. Hopefully this can help you sidestep anything that could potentially derail your budget and add any undue stress to the planning process!

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